How to prepare for AHIMA CCS exam

Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) is an exam that is considered very difficult to pass by many because it is designed for those who have understanding of all the aspects of revenue cycle management. Just having a few years of medical coding experience is not sufficient to pass the exam.

So how to prepare for CCS? and there no definite answer to this question. 

CCS Part II paper require very good exposure to all outpatient, surgery, and inpatient coding. The Part I is a mixed bag with questions ranging from coding, billing, compliance, etc. CCS Part I has no boundaries and questions can be from anything like coding, billing, management, security, compliance, etc.

 My personnel experience is to follow AHIMA recommended books. The following books are must for CCS preparation:

Faye Brown 
A through and detailed study of Faye Brown is a must for CCS certification. Solve each and every example  given in the book at two-three times before going for CCS certification. This will make us proficient in coding guidelines and inpatient coding. 

Professional Review Guide 
 This book is particularly good for questions related to billing, compliance, and other stuff. Workout on all the examples given in the book at three times so that they get memorized. This will help a lot and reduce time during the exam.

Coding Clinics
Go through all the coding clinics for the past five years 

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